Saint Mary's College Partnership Program

Women's Leadership Sail
Testimonials

Chicago Leadership Sail

“The experience was a great reminder of being on a team of strong women, just like at Saint Mary's. This comfort level helped me to regain confidence.” Alison Spohn '93
Chicago Program
“The facilitator got me thinking...helped me take a concrete experience to move it to a conceptual level of how the 'parts are related to the whole' and the value of each participants role in the process.” Deb Lahey Degnan '71
Cleveland Program
“I enjoyed participating in this leadership program with women of all ages and in all different stages of life, both personally and professionally. I also enjoyed the bond we all shared as part of the Saint Mary's alumnae. The spirit of inclusion, because you are a SMC alumna, was very special.” Mary Resinek Koepfle '78
Chicago Program
“The tall ship experience helped to remind myself that trying new things is scary, fun and exciting; not to take myself and life too seriously. Adventures are what make life. Ships are meant to be sailed, not left in the harbor. Life is meant to be lived.” Mona Diegel '91
Detroit Program
“Since the ship experience, I have been more cognizant of the limits I am willing to push myself through as well as more understanding of the boundaries others set for themselves. I can better understand that not everyone is the same and something that is easy for one may be extremely difficult for another.” Becky Shepkowski '04
Chicago Program

Amy Greene

“Everyone's encouragement helped to teach me not to be afraid to take risks and to put faith and confidence in others. Plus, I got to sail on a beautiful tall ship and met some wonderful women.” Amy Greene '03
Cleveland Program
“The program made me think of things in a different way. I hope to bring this new perspective to my management style in working with subordinates and peers.” Susan Suchy '89
Chicago Program
“I had no clue how to sail a tall ship. However, I discovered that I can be a leader even outside of my comfort zone. Finding that once you're a leader, you tend to always be a leader.” Brigid Brooks '92
Detroit Program

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